Faculty News

VCUarts 2014-15 Fountainhead Fellows’ Exhibition


Irvin Morazan, 2014-15 Fountainhead Fellow in Sculpture
Emmy Thelander, 2014-15 Fountainhead Fellow in Painting

April 10 – May 30, 2015

Opening reception for the artists: Friday, April 10, 7 – 9 pm

Reynolds Gallery
1514 West Main Street
Richmond, Virginia






Ester Partegás

Wednesday, April 1 – Sunday, May 17, 2015

Opening March 31, 2015 at 7:30pm. Free admission.

La Capella
Hospital, 56
08001 Barcelona
Tel 934 427 171





Opening Reception
Saturday, March 14 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Free + open to the public
No RSVP required

Featuring over sixty multimedia works from local and nationally-acclaimed artists, including Andy Warhol, Dawoud Bey and Rineke Dijkstra, Pause focuses on contemporary ideas of stillness and artists’ attempts to change or slow time. Themes of death, time, ethnicity, gender, class and identity emerge from portraits and figures that suspend animation, stop, withdraw and interrupt the flow of movement.

Elizabeth King (faculty)




Irvin Morazan (2015 Fountainhead Fellow)
April 15th  – May 12th, 2015.
Opening Reception: FRIDAY April 17th from 6pm to 9pm.

Y GALLERY is pleased to present “Xolo Yawning”, the first solo exhibition of Irvin Morazan at Y Gallery. This exhibition features recent works that continues Morazan’s interest in his Mayan heritage and other ancestral cultures in dialogue with contemporaneity, nature, urban street aesthetics, recent political social events and his interest in the conflict of the US-Mexican border.

The title refers to the The Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo for short: the only indigenous dog of American continent. Xolo is a hairless breed of dog that originates from Mexico, Central America, Peru and other parts of Latin America. It was considered sacred by the ancient cultures, it was the guardian of man through his journey through the underworld into eternity. Morazan draws parallels between the  journey through Mayan underworld (which was called the place of fear) with the inhumane illegal journey to the US Border. In Latin America corruption, economic difficulties and violence have influenced the mass illegal immigration to the US. Border patrol arrested over 90,000 children trying to illegally cross the Mexican Border in 2014, more than three times the number of children apprehended in 2013. Xolo Yawning consist of three headdress sculptures that contain urns with the soil from the US Border. Morazan collected soil from Arizona, New Mexico and Miami in order to commemorate those that have risked or lost their lives crossing the border.

The show also includes a video of the same name featuring Xolo yawning, in which a headdress wearing over­indulgent beasts interweaves analogue, digital, urban, ancient, fake and new cultural threads that cross the metaphysical line through fantastical imagery and absurdity.


Y Gallery

165 Orchard st

New York, NY 10002





FAB Gallery
Virginia Commonwealth University
1000 West Broad St.
Richmond VA, 23284

March 19th-April 4th

Opening Reception Thursday March 19th 5-7pm

The VCU Department of Sculpture + Extended Media is pleased to present SPACE JAM, an exhibition featuring the work of Leigh Cole, Jacob Copetillo, Marc Ganzglass, Morgan Herrin, Christopher Mahonski, Nikki Painter, Gian Pierotti, Jon Rajkovich, Chris Rea, Matt Spahr & Val Molnar, and Bohyun Yoon.

Illusionistic space, color space, conceptual space, hyper space, deep space…SPACE JAM brings together the eclectic talents of adjunct and full-time faculty who teach Space Research, the three-dimensional component of VCU’s Art Foundation Program. Drawing from backgrounds as diverse as architecture, ceramics, glass, metals, painting, and sculpture, the personal practices of these 11 artists and designers offer a window into contemporary conceptions of the third dimension. In doing so, they shed light on the wide range of methodologies, techniques, and experiences that are offered in the VCUarts first year program and beyond…
Participating Artists:

Leigh Cole received a BFA in both Painting and Printmaking and Sculpture from VCU in 2007, followed by an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego in 2011. Recently she was accepted to participate in an expedition led by The Clipperton Project, and will spend three weeks visiting and collaborating with remote communities in the Iquitos/Nauta region of the Peruvian Amazon in September 2016.

Jacob Copetillo lives and works in Richmond, Virginia. He received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia, and his MFA from VCU’s Department of Craft and Material Studies. Along side his studio practice, he also conserves historic furniture with a the F.C. Vogt Company, a local conservator for museums and collections such as the U.S. Supreme Court Furniture Collection and the Virginia Historical Society. This pairing of studio practice, has given Jacob a unique perspective about objects existing in time and space as he utilizes museum archiving and conservation techniques to investigate how objects are viewed in historical space.

Marc Ganzglass is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work is focused on the connections between artistic and non-artistic forms of labor and material production. In 2011 he opened Space for Art and Industry, a not-for-profit gallery based at the Brooklyn Navy Yard which served as a production and exhibition platform for art and manufacturing. He received his BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Copenhagen AIR, Kohler Arts and Industry Program and the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. He has taught visual art at Bard College, Virginia Commonwealth University and George Mason University and lectured on his work at the National Academy of Art, Oslo, Royal Danish Academy of Art and the University of Copenhagen.

Morgan Herrin lives and works in Richmond, VA. He is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Virginia Museum professional Fellowship Grant. Herrin earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and an MFA in Sculpture in 2005 from Ohio State University in Columbus OH. His work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the United States, as well as art fairs with ADA Gallery in Miami and New York City.

Christopher Mahonski was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. In 2009 he completed his MFA in Sculpture at VCU. He has shown in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Miami, Baltimore, Washington DC, Louisville and San Diego. Christopher is a recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowship, 7-Below Residency, Triangle Arts Residency, and a Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship.

Nikki Painter received her Painting and Printmaking BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and her Studio Art MFA from American University in 2009. Painter has had solo exhibitions with Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C., at COOP, an artist-run space in Nashville, Tennessee, and at Twelve21 Gallery in Orlando, Florida. Her work has been shown at SCOPE Miami, X-Initiative’s “No Soul for Sale” in New York, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and in the publication New American Paintings.

Gian Pierotto Studied Ceramics at Brigham Young University, also at Virginia Commonwealth University. He continues to use art as a literal exploration, and has explored the James River, Highland Park Richmond VA and the Bonneville Salt flats.

Jon Rajkovich received his from MFA Winthrop University. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and received his BFA from Michigan State. His extensive exhibition history includes shows at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica; Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco; Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago; Whitespace, Atlanta; Axel Raben Gallery, New York. His work has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun Times, Art Papers, and Art in America.

Christopher Rea, AIA is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a Project Manager with Moseley Architects in Richmond. His architectural design experience includes hotels, airports, courthouses, as well as fire and rescue stations throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Honors include Design Merit Awards from the Richmond Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2003 and 2007. His architectural designs were also featured in the “Time for Design” exhibit at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in 2006 and some of his mixed-media paintings are part of the permanent collection at the North Carolina State University College of Design.

Matt Spahr and Valerie Molnar investigate the transfer of energy and dynamic exchange within nature with color, form, and complex time based installation. Through plants, ghosts, sculpture, and painting they experiment and debate on both real and romantic ideas of the inherent and potentially inherent attributes of naturally occurring phenomenon in our universe. The collaborators recieved MFA’s from VCU’s Painting and Sculpture Departments in 2007 and 2008. They have exhibited extensively nationally and internationally individually. Recent their collaborative projects have been exhibited at Nobile and Amundson and the University of Virginia’s Ruffin Gallery.

Boyhun Yoon received MFAs from both Rhode Island School of Design and Tama Art University in Japan. He participated in the fellowship programs at the Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. He is a recipient of the Excellence Prize of Song Eun Art, the S&R Washington Award, and the Hayward Prize for Fine Arts. He has exhibited Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian, Museum of Arts and Design, Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea, Shelburne Museum, Brattleboro Museum, Hunter College, and Brown University. He will participate in the residency at Harvestwork in NYC in the summer 2015.


For more information, please contact Matt King at mpking@vcu.edu.


Cabin Fever

1708 Gallery’s Annual Art Auction



Tom Chenoweth – MFA 1976 / Morgan Herrin – BFA 2002 / Matt King – Acting Chair / Matt Lively – BFA 1993 / Chris Mahonski – MFA 2009 / Matt Spahr – MFA 2006 / Robert Walz – BFA 2005



John B. Ravenal
Executive Director of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Former Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015, 7 TO 10 P.M.
1708 GALLERY, 319 W. BROAD ST.

black tie or artful dress

Join us for an evening of food, drink, and enthusiastic bidding!
Proceeds support 1708 Gallery’s 36th year of presenting exceptional new art.

CABIN FEVER will include Live and Silent Art Auctions with works by an outstanding group of artists and will feature a special selection of works by LA-based artist Kristin Calabrese. In addition 1708 will offer a limited edition Cabin Fever letterpress print designed by Nashville’s legendary Hatch Show Print Shop. Auction artwork will be on view at 1708 Gallery from Friday, February 13 through Saturday, February 21. Please visit www.1708gallery.org for more information.


Pam Anderson Sutherland Nicole Andreoni Katie Baines Andras Bality Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas Tenley Beazley Brad Birchett Karen Blair Genesis Chapman Tom Chenoweth Suzanna Fields Bill Fisher Travis Fullerton Ed Gross Harrison Haynes Kathryn Henry-Choisser Morgan Herrin Brooke Inman Susan Jamison Rosemary Jesionowski Matt King Aaron Koehn Andrew Kozlowski Michael Lease Matt Lively Sharon Madanes Christopher Mahonski Anthony Meloro Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer Brittany Nelson Amie Oliver Michael Birch-Pierce Justin James Reed Charlotte Rodenberg Eleanor Rufty Paul Ryan Alyssa Salomon Mary Scurlock Jon Sheridan Ben Sloat Matt Spahr Gordon Stettinius Georgianne Stinnett Leigh Suggs Javier Tapia Randy Toy Ed Trask Kendra Wadsworth Robert Walz Erin Willett Willie Anne Wright Sarah Yoder

ADA Gallery Presents: “You Can’t Go Home Again”

ADA Gallery Presents: George Terry–BFA 2006 (Featuring George Ferrandi–BFA 1994 and Katrina Fimmel–BFA 1994): “You Can’t Go Home” and/ Sarah Bednarek–MFA 2005–”Symmetryyrtemmys”

Opening Feb. 6 from 7-9pm and runs through March 7th.

I am very excited to announce the exhibition of “You Can’t Go Home”. An interview project, with artists in their homes, in fog. The video installation speaks about home and where/how it exists for artists living in New York City.
Threads of subject matter oscillate between murky-grey areas of discussion in a similar manner to the way the word “home” itself transforms meaning.
“Home” can time travel in a single paragraph, often referring to a place that existed in the past when we look back to a point of origin, the present when we think of where we currently “hang our hat,” and to the future when we dream of the home we one day hope to inhabit. The word connotes geography, architecture, people, and an accumulation of experiences.
New York City seems to magnify a conflict of “home.” Home tends to shift, change and vanish at times anywhere one lives, but in New York it can happen with a harsh frequency. Artists in this city come from vastly different backgrounds and locations, and home can manifest in a vaporous, paradoxical way.

Artists interviewed include:
Kendel Bennett
Tudy Benson
Brent Blalock
Justin Cooper
Esteban Del Valle
Dan Estabrook
George Ferrandi
Katrina Fimmel

Gabriela Galvan
Gigi Gatewood
Rebecca Heller
JR Larson
Shaun Leonardo
Esperanza Mayobre
Sunita Prassad
Andrew Ross
Gabriela Salazar
Adam Parker Smith
Bryan Zanisnik

Thank you to John Pollard and ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

*On view in conjunction with Kirsten Kindler & Sarah Bednarek:
opens Friday Feb. 6, 2015 (7-9pm)

My very best,
George Terry

Elizabeth King, “Beautiful Beast”


1708 Gallery, “Assembler”


Join 1708 Gallery for “Assembler”, a night of conversation about our current exhibition, “Super / Natural”, on Monday, February 2, 2015. A facilitator will lead a group discussion with the audience starting with basic questions as a way to create a dialogue about the art on view. From here, participants work together to assemble the meaning of the art work shown in the gallery. Michael Jones McKean, artist and Associate Professor at VCU’s Dept. of Sculpture and Extended Media, will be facilitating the discussion.

“Super / Natural”, the exhibition we’ll be discussing, features work by Derek Coté, Adam Farcus, Christopher Mahonski, Liz Rodda, and Stephanie Roland. Themes of alchemy and magic, science fiction and new age spiritualism play across the works of these 5 artists. More information about “Super / Natural”, can be found at www.1708gallery.org.

“Assembler” is FREE and open to all ages. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the discussion begins at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP to Gallery Coordinator Janelle Proulx at jproulx@1708gallery.com.

Myron Helfgott – Retrospective at Anderson Gallery



Myron Helfgott: An Inventory of My Thoughts

January 16-March 8, 2015
Opening Friday, January 16, 5-8 pm

Trying to harness the diverse content and materials in these sculptures is like trying to organize debris at a picnic on a windy day.
- Myron Helfgott

Presenting over 50 works, including several room-size installations, this retrospective covers nearly 45 years of production and fills all three floors of the Gallery. It is curated by Director Ashley Kistler, who has worked closely with the artist over the last two years to develop the exhibition.

A native Chicagoan, Helfgott (Professor Emeritus) joined the faculty of the VCUarts Department of Sculpture in 1968. He has since been a creative mainstay of the Richmond arts community, while also exhibiting at numerous venues beyond the region. In the aftermath of his retirement from teaching in 2003, Helfgott’s activity in the studio has continued unabated. Organized thematically, the exhibition combines new and recent works from this enormously productive period with significant pieces from over the decades, including sculptures he made not long after arriving in Richmond.

Helfgott has always conceived sculpture as a flexible and inclusive activity, capable of accommodating diverse materials, objects, approaches, ideas, and collaborations. “This gives his work a vitality and depth that is fresh, edgy, and often badly behaved,” observes VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel. “Its underlying mischievous and subversive character keeps the viewer engaged with complex issues and imagery.”

As an undergraduate, Helfgott studied architecture and design at the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University before completing his MFA in sculpture at SIU. In the late 1950s and early 60s, studies with the visionary architect R. Buckminster Fuller instilled in him a lifelong interest in physical structure, apparent today in the meticulously made plywood armatures of his sculptures.

At the same time, Helfgott’s exposure to Gestalt psychology shaped other enduring aspects of his work, including his concept of the viewer’s participatory role and the psychological self-portrait, which reappears in different guises through the years, often in a fragmented state. As a young artist, he was also intent on incorporating in sculpture the figure-ground relationship and pictorial space of painting, a concern reflected more recently in his manipulation of photographs into three-dimensional components.

During the 2000s, deeply influenced by literature and film, Helfgott introduced the element of time by first adding kinetics and then audio to his work–the latter based mostly on his own texts whose wide-ranging existential musings are full of humor, wit, and pathos. “The challenge and rewards of an open-ended process draws Helfgott back into the studio each day,” notes Kistler, “not only in terms of material experimentation, but also for the meaningful self-discovery that is gleaned in the making.”

Published by the Anderson Gallery, and funded by generous contributions from individuals and the Dean’s Office, a fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. It will include a foreword by Seipel, essays by Kistler and VCU Professor Emeritus of Art History Howard Risatti, a story by fiction writer and critic Dinah Ryan, a comprehensive biography by Gallery Coordinator Tracy Garland, and additional contributions from sculptors Elizabeth King and Lester Van Winkle, editor Mary Flinn, and poet Elizabeth Seydel Morgan.